Ace Gallery presents a solo exhibition by Laddie John Dill, a native Los Angeles artist, on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Ace Gallery Los Angeles located at 5514 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Theexhibition, titled Contained Radiance: Miracle Mile, will occupy Ace Gallery’s West Wing and is comprised of a series of Light Sentences, dating as early as 1969. Dill’s Light Sentences, glass tubes containing various gases, radiate colored light through segments of hand-colored glass, illuminating their surroundings in a precise and controlled manner.
Laddie John Dill’s Light Sentences combine chemistry, glasswork, and electricity. Each light sentence is composed of blown glass tubing containing argon, neon, helium, xenon, and/or mercury gas. Together these elements form rhythmic bands of colored light that fill the tubing and emit a contained glow. Referring to his choice of materials, Dill explains: “I was influenced by [Robert] Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Oppenheim, and Robert Irwin, who were working with earth materials, light, and space as an alternative to easel painting.”
A member of the Light and Space movement since the late 1960’s, alongside artists such as Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Mary Corse, Helen Pashgian, DeWain Valentine, Peter Alexander and Larry Bell, Laddie John Dill remains committed to exploration and experimentation. Originally Dill earned recognition for his sand and light works in the early 1970’s, later expanding his practice to include painting and sculpture. Dill refers to his stylistic varietal of artworks as “activities.” His works investigate the physical properties of various gases inside glass tubes and the metaphysical implications of the resulting light as a transcendental language. Laddie John Dill’s Light Sentences are created to inspire consideration of the inherent sublimity of light itself. Light and the subsequent transcendental experience of light are the primary subjects of these works.